Central Asia Climate Change Conference was Held in Tashkent

Central Asia Climate Change Conference was Held in Tashkent

The Kazakh Energy Ministry is developing a new environmental code, which will include provisions on climate change, by the end of the year.

The ministry’s deputy head of department, Kerei Bekbergen said the new code will encourage natural resource users to adopt and introduce green technologies.

“The deadline for the document’s submission to the Mazhilis is December 2019. We established working groups focused on the code development,” he said on the sidelines of the second Central Asia Climate Change Conference in Tashkent.

The conference became a platform for the Government officials and environmentalists from the five Central Asian countries discussed measures undertaken in the region to prevent environmental degradation.

Experts noted that the Central Asia region has one of the highest vulnerability to environmental protection level and the countries can maintain the stability only by consolidated efforts.

“All Central Asian countries have certain economic and social assets. If we unite our strengths, it will be easier for us to adapt to the changes in water management, agriculture, hydroelectric power and other developments.”

“If we choose to work separately, we can also succeed but the journey will be much longer, more difficult and probably much more expensive,” said director of regional environmental center for Central Asia, Iskandar Abdullayev.

The disappearance of 1,000 small glaciers in Tajiskistan over the past three decades was highlighted as one of the main global environmental issues at the conference.

Head of Central Asian Sustainable Development Center, Zhalil Buzrukov said the Central Asian countries need to think and decide on how to mitigate the risks posed by climate change given that a substantial area of the region is covered by mountains.

He said climate change could result in the reduction of water resources as well.

Meanwhile, the countries around Aral Sea have successfully improved the condition of the sea through joint-efforts. Currently, there are 23 fish species in the sea including 14 commercial breeds. 

Regional environmentalists planted haloxylon and other plants on the dried seabed to consolidate the sand and reduce the spread of salt in the sea.

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